6:30 p.m. Sunday, May 22
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A melodically robust songwriting machine, Musical Charis flat-out owned the indie pop/rock/folk roost in Sacramento for years before moving to Florida for a change of scenery last year. With a new album reportedly in the works, Musical Charis is back in Sac this week, culminating with an early evening show at Harlow’s. Expect several familiar faces in the crowd. Doors 6 p.m. 2708 J St., Sacramento. $10. www.harlows.com.
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8 p.m. Monday, May 23
Garrett Dale’s grizzly vocals lead the way for a group that has the heart of a punk band (beating a la Jimmy Eat World or even Social D), the brain of rock gods (think Foo Fighters) and the rough edges of a country act, true to their upbringing in Oklahoma City. With Russian Girlfriends, Bastards of Young and Civil War Rust. 1400 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento. $10. www.punchandpiefest.com
9 p.m. Thursday, May 26
Sophia’s Thai Kitchen
Oakland’s Tumbleweed Wanderers doubled down on the 2015 breakout “Realize,” creating a pure Muscle Shoals smolder with scorching organ, vintage power-pop guitar slashes and upticked Americana soul vocals. Tack on Portland, Ore., blues rockers Tango Alpha Tango and rustic electro-country artist Ohioan, and this is a delicious bill. 129 E St., Davis. $10. www.sophiasthaikitchen.com
Looking ahead: Tim Heidecker and his Ten Piece Band. June 3 at Harlow’s
You may know him as the “Tim” of “Tim & Eric’s Awesome Show.” After this show, you might know him as “The guy you had no idea had those kind of musical chops.” 2708 J St., Sacramento. $20 advance. www.harlows.com